You Saw, And You Know

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by the Left’s reaction when the grotesque business of abortion is exposed in all its ghoulish horror, but I am.

First, the Spawn of the Evil Queen claims the videos were “highly edited” (never mind that the entire videos were released at the same time as the edited version) and proclaims the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) is “part of the most militant anti-abortion movement that has been behind the bombing of clinics, the murder of doctors in their homes and in their churches, and that’s what actually needs to be looked at.”

Next, current Stepin Fetchit attorney general and next senator from California, Kamala Harris, announced, not that she will investigate Planned Parenthood, but that she is investigating whether CMP violated California law.

Feeling like a jilted lover at this Danse Macabre, Nasty Nancy Pelosi calls on the DOJ to investigate CMP.  Listening to her master’s voice, Loretta Lynch agrees to do just that.

… and the Republican leadership in Congress resurrects the stinking corpse of the Export-Import Bank then returns to whimper in their dunce corner.

(via Ross Douhat in the Sunday Review):

Our garbage is collected early in the morning. Sometimes the bang of the cans and the grind of the city trucks awaken us before our time. We are resentful, mutter into our pillows, then go back to sleep. On the morning of August 6th, the people of Woodside Avenue do just that. When at last they rise from their beds, dress, eat breakfast, and leave their houses for work, they have forgotten, if they had ever known, that the garbage truck had passed earlier that morning. The event has slipped into unmemory, like a dream. They close their doors and descend to the pavement.

It is midsummer. You measure the climate, decide how you feel in relation to the heat and humidity. You walk toward the bus stop. Others, your neighbors, are waiting there. It is all so familiar.

All at once you step on something soft. You feel it with your foot. Even through your shoe you have the sense of something unusual, something marked by a special ‘give.’ It is a foreignness upon the pavement. Instinct pulls your foot away in an awkward little movement. You look down, and you see… a tiny naked body, its arms and legs flung apart, its head thrown back, its mouth agape, its face serious. A bird, you think, fallen from its nest. But there is no nest here on Woodside, no bird so big. It is rubber, then. A model.  A joke. Yes, that’s it, a joke. And you bend to see. Because you must. And it is no joke. Such a gray softness can be but one thing. It is a baby, and dead.

You cover your mouth, your eyes. You are fixed. Horror has found its chink and crawled in, and you will never be the same as you were. Years later you will step from a sidewalk to a lawn, and you will start at its softness, and think of that upon which you have just trod. Now you look about; another man has seen it too. ‘My God,’ he whispers… There is a cry. ‘Here’s another!’ and ‘Another!’ and ‘Another.’

Later, at the police station, the investigation is brisk, conclusive. It is the hospital director speaking. ‘Fetuses accidentally got mixed up with the hospital rubbish… were picked up at approximately 8:15 am by a sanitation truck. Somehow, the plastic lab bag, labeled hazardous material, fell off the back of the truck and broke open. No, it is not known how the fetuses got in the orange plastic bag labeled hazardous material. It is a freak accident.’

The hospital director wants you to know that it is not an everyday occurrence. Once in a lifetime, he says. But you have seen it, and what are his words to you now? He grows affable, familiar, tells you that, by mistake, the fetuses got mixed up with the other debris. (Yes, he says other, he says debris.) He has spent the entire day, he says, trying to figure out how it happened. He wants you to know that. Somehow it matters to him. He goes on: aborted fetuses that weigh one pound or less are incinerated. Those weighing over one pound are buried at the city cemetery. He says this.

Now you see. It is orderly. It is sensible. The world is not mad. This is still a civilized society… But just this once, you know it isn’t. You saw, and you know.

Excerpted from Richard Selzer’s Mortal Lessons: Notes On The Art Of Surgery.

Lazy Summers Open Comments

Great article on why unstructured summers are so good for kids.

Because honestly, we’re tired. Because we foolishly think by doing more, by going and going, and going, by throwing our kids into everything everywhere this summer and answering “We’ve been really busy!” to the question, “How has your summer been?” makes us a better parent. It doesn’t. Deep down, it’s just exhausting, both for the parents and the kids. I don’t know about you, but during the school year, my family rises at dawn and goes full blast for 15 straight hours. By June I’m in a full on “I can no longer keep this schedule up” induced coma. I just want to NOT be busy anymore. I want to look you in the eye, and totally and 100% guilt free, answer the “How is your summer going” question with a big, fat, “We’ve done plenty of nothing. And it’s been plenty of awesome.”

So what exactly did we do way back when? What filled our days before day camp, iPads, and supervised playdates? Well, plenty of play — simple, active, outdoor play. Maybe an occasional day trip here and there, and if we were really lucky, a two week family vacation (including several days riding in the back of a station wagon), where we went to visit Grandma, or other extended family. And on those days when boredom creeped in? When for just a few minutes we forgot our imaginations? That’s when our moms simply said, “Figure it out.” And you know what? We actually did.